Building SaaS with Python and Django

On Wednesdays at 9pm Eastern Time, I develop a Software as a Service (SaaS) on Twitch.

We work with code from my Django-based SaaS product, College Conductor. The stream is episodic and covers ongoing features and problems of the site.

My primary goal is to teach people about the Django web framework and Python.

Django is a big web framework so I share my experience from using the project for 5+ years.

Since College Conductor is a full service with more features than a Django demo site, I can work on challenges that people won’t see when reading the Django docs (even though the docs are great).

This page contains show notes and links to each stream. Join me live if you’re interested!

  • #Django
  • #Heroku

New Project, Who Dis? - Building SaaS #38

In this episode, we started a brand new project! I had some internet troubles so this “stream” is actually a local recording from my computer. We created a new Django project from scratch and set up Heroku to handle deployments.

  • #SaaS
  • #failure
  • #retrospective

Lessons From A Failed SaaS - Building SaaS #37

In this episode, we talked about the things I learned from my SaaS project and some of the reasons why it failed to succeed financially. We dug into the technical and marketing challenges that I faced and what went wrong.

  • #Python
  • #Django
  • #Configuration
  • #Goodconf

Configurama - Building SaaS #36

In this episode, we turned our attention to handling settings and configuration. We discussed different techniques for handling settings, looked at available tools, and started integrating one of the tools into the project.

  • #Python
  • #Django
  • #WhiteNoise

Deploying WhiteNoise - Building SaaS #35

In this episode, we updated Continuous Integration, Nginx, and the Ansible deployment tasks to use WhiteNoise. With all the changes in place, we tested things out to verify that WhiteNoise served up the CSS, JS, and image files.

  • #Python
  • #Django
  • #WhiteNoise

Bring in the WhiteNoise, Bring in Da Funk - Building SaaS #34

In this episode, we added WhiteNoise to the app as a tool for handling static assets. This lets us move away from depending on Nginx for the task and gives shiny new features like Brotli support.

  • #Python
  • #Ansible
  • #Git

Get Out, Git! - Building SaaS #33

In this episode, I removed the Git clone from the server. This is some of the final cleanup to streamline the deployment process.